Gotham Season 1 on DVD Big discounts on
stuff you want!


Save money!
Arrow Season 3 on DVD Carol Burnett Christmas on DVD The Flash Season 1 on DVD Batman 1966 TV Show on DVD Greensboro Wrestling Book New Adventures of Superman on DVD
Please consider a donation!

 

Bret Maverick TV's Card Sharp!

Maverick Is His Name, Cards Are His Game

“Sheriff, since you’re so set on having’ an honest game, that blue eyed killer back there is a known associate of Mr. Bass. They got more signals that the Southern Pacific. I don’t want him standing’ behind me.”

Bret Maverick was and is one of the most beloved western TV characters of all time. The original Maverick TV series ran from 1957-62 starring James Garner as the West’s craftiest cardsharp. The show was so popular, brothers of Bret Maverick, most notably Bart Maverick, had to be introduced to ease the shooting schedule so Garner wouldn’t get burnt out filming 26 hour-long episodes a season. Why was it so demanding? Maverick had to appear in almost every scene!

Sponsors weren’t so thrilled with this brotherly substitution, even though ratings for episodes with Bart Maverick, starring Gene Kelly, rated slightly higher than the James Garner episodes. When Garner left the series after three years another sibling, Beau Maverick, was introduced, played by none other than future James Bond, Roger Moore.

The one personality quirk these 3 brothers had in common - they could always be found at the Poker table going up against the town’s top high stakes players. While Brett and Bart usually walked away from the game raking in the cash, Beau was not always so lucky.

James Garner went on to star in another smash hit, The Rockford Files (1974-1980). But did you know, after the Rockford series ended, Garner starred in a revival of Maverick on NBC in 1981? The premise of Bret Maverick was the same as the original production, you could count on a suspenseful card game of the week, but this new series lasted only 20 episodes.

In the sequel, the pilot of which was a highly rated TV movie titled Young Maverick broadcast in 1979, Maverick is settling down in the town of Sweetwater, AZ, where Bret is a rancher (The Lazy Ace) who also co-owns of the Red Ox Saloon in town.

True to character, Maverick was continually searching for that next big score, gambling and happily participating in shifty con games whenever an opportunity arose.

Bret Maverick: the Complete Series has been made available on DVD by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

TVparty is Classic TV on the internet!
It is what it is!

Bret Maverick

 


Lost Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / TV Goodbyes / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / More Modern TV Shows / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog

TVparty is Classic TV on the internet!
Classic TV on the Internet!

TV's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the 1970s / The Eighties / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments

 

 

Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / 1970's TV / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / Classic Cars / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Rockford Files / Sea Hunt / Superman on DVD / Toy Gun Ads / Flip Wilson Show / Big Blue Marble / Monty Hall / Carrascolendas / Mr. Dressup / Major Mudd / Chief Halftown / Baby Daphne / Sheriff John / Winchell & Mahoney / Fireball X-L5 / Mr. Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Sammy Davis, Jr / Steve & Eydie/ Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck McCann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / 1966 ABC TV Shows / 1967 TV Shows / 1968 TV Shows / Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll / Fridays / TV Moms / Red Skelton / Bette Midler in the 1970s / Bonus 1970's Stuff: Biff Burger / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You /  Sonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales /The Golddiggers / Lola Falana / 1970s TV Shows / David Bowie on TV / Hudson Brothers / Jackie Gleason / Hollywood Squares / Match Game / Bob Keeshan / Gumby / The Flip Wilson Show / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour / The Bobby Darin Show / The Richard Pryor big brotherShow / George Burns / Lucy's Lost Christmas Special / Classic Christmas Toy Commercials / Cricket On The Hearth / 1950's Holiday Shows / Amahl and the Night Visitors / A Christmas Carol on TV / The Yule Log / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters & More! 


Save money!